Amedeo Modigliani, the Sephardic painter and sculptor whose work is thought to have helped establish Modernism, is a favorite target of art forgers.
Modigliani spoke fluent French and bore few of the physical markers that would have led others to suspect his Jewishness.
Why do art forgers love the Jewish-Italian modernist master?
A painting by Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at auction in Jerusalem for $8.6 million, despite not actually being in the country.
A masterpiece by Italian Jewish artist Amadeo Modigliani, estimated to be worth NIS 30 million, will be offered at public auction in Israel in the coming weeks. It is the most expensive painting ever to be auctioned in Israel. But the painting itself won’t be making an appearance.
The Helly Nahmad Gallery in New York is not saying whether it is in possession of a famous and highly valuable 1918 painting by Amedeo Modigliani. Heirs to the original owner of the artwork, which was stolen and auctioned off by the Nazis in 1944, are suing Nahmad for its return or its “fair market value,” which is estimated to be between $18 million and $25 million.